The first thing I think of when friends tell me they’re off to Cornwall is ‘oh lovely’…but it’s so far away and that journey…with a toddler…insert panic emoji face! Travelling down to South Cornwall from Surrey is the best part of 4hrs 30min, but with the desire to visit my Aunt & Uncle in Wadebridge, near Padstow, we decided to make a dent in the journey and include a dinner and stay stopover.
Ant found the Lamb Inn in Hindon online, the first thing that ticked the box for us was the distance from home – 2 hours away – a doable distance with a toddler in the back and going by the photos the rooms appeared cosy enough; the varied bar menu also offered toddler friendly options, so win win. Booked!
As they say, first impressions are everything and this little Lamb certainly instantly impressed! All the features you’d expect from a rustic country pub, alongside home comforts with added Instagram friendly touches, you’ll be reaching for your phone in seconds, Gingham filter at the ready.
Run by trendy looking young guys with impeccable service and manner, one minute they’re serving you a drink and recommending the specials, the next they’re turning down your room, setting up the sofa bed (for Louis) and laying out a tea tray. We were lucky enough to secure one of the bedrooms in the barn conversion outside, which most certainly had the wow factor – high ceilings, exposed beams, the sparkliest of chandeliers and the homeliest of interior touches.
The bathroom alone ticked every box, rain forest shower head, roll top bath and luxury products to sample (and snuffle). The beautiful floor tiles however were freeeezing! We didn’t pack our slippers, so some in the room would have been a nice added touch – not that they hadn’t thought of most of the amenities you’d need otherwise – free wifi and booster boxes, plugs all over the place, Nespresso machine, selection of books, iron (and board), plus tea tray with every type of tea imaginable.
Outside all of the barn conversion rooms is a private veranda, romantically decked with pots of flowers and solar lighting, think nightcaps and morning coffee (not that we did either on a rainy Thursday eve or with a toddler in toe), perhaps next time.
The Lamb Inn has been owned since 2004 by Ranald Macdonald, a Scottish restaurateur residing in Belgravia and Canary Wharf, and I guess you could tell. If London luxury, Highland charm and rustic country was ever put in the mixer and baked – this would come out the oven! Tartan bedrooms named after whiskies, a shooting menu, hearty food served with Colcannon mash and a place where dogs are not only welcomed, they’re encouraged!
Breakfast is served from 7.30am – 11am with every brunch option imaginable. I went for the ham and poached eggs on fresh muffin, Ant opted for the Full English and Louis worked his way through the buffet table enjoying jam toast, yogurt and cereal – no fruit though, hail the pre-stashed, snack filled mum bag!
After breakfast we decided to explore the tiny village, a quintessential Wiltshire setting with local pubs, a traditional corner shop, beautiful church and chocolate box street lined cottages.
The room guide suggested a visit to the local attractions – we didn’t have time sadly, but picking out the ones that appealed (to a family with a young child) were Longleat Safari Park, Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm & Rabbit World, Bush Farm Bison Centre and Stonehenge.
We paid £120 for our room which included a full breakfast for the three of us. In summary, we thought this hotel was fantastic! Family friendly, lovely staff, amazing service, great food and a stunning country spot – we’ll be back!
Just a little note to say that The Lamb Inn didn’t ask me to write this review – I wanted to! We loved it and you will too. For more information visit the website here